Californian sweet tooth: Top 15 bakeries in Sacramento, California

Californian sweet tooth: Top 15 bakeries in Sacramento, California
Sacramento is the town for people with sweet tooth. There are literally a hundred bakeries for you to consider.
However, we have compiled a list of top 15 bakeries in town so that you don’t feel overwhelming with difficult choices.

Californian sweet tooth: Top 15 bakeries in Sacramento, California


Cupcake Craving is a small business opened by three close friends in 2007, specializing in selling gourmet cupcakes. The shop also offers gluten-free and sugar-free options; however, no vegan choice yet, unfortunately.

Maple bacon, carrot cake, and red velvet flavors are well-loved by customers. Even though there have been bad views for Cupcake Craving this past year, we hope that they will soon recover and gain back the reputation that they once had.


Steph’s is one of the most creative cake talents out there. If you take a look at her creations, you will understand why. This small business specializes in custom cakes, cupcakes, and treats for special occasions. In fact, her cakes are so beautiful that you might feel guilty for biting into one.

Recently, Steph’s has been letting customers choose the flavors for her custom cakes that are sold by the slice once per month. Only $5 per decadent slice!


Sweet Dozen is a donut shop that sells freshly made traditional and specialty donuts: you can choose from old-fashion glazed to croissant-donut hybrid to satisfy your sweet (and curious) tooth without breaking the bank. Some even call them “the best donuts in Sacramento”, for its donuts are usually sold out by 9 am!

Besides donuts, Sweet Dozen is also praised for professional and friendly staff. If you happen to be in the area, and even if you don’t feel a need for a donut, just stop by. We promise that you will not be disappointed.


Sugar Plum Vegan is a safe haven for all vegans in Sacramento. Not only are they selling vegan and gluten-free options, their cakes and donuts are also refined-sugar free, which makes them the hot spot for those who are into health and fitness.

At Sugar Plum, making vegan sweets does not compromise their taste. If you have ever heard that vegan and gluten-free options contain overly processed ingredients because they lack animal fats/butter, customers at Sugar Plum can guarantee you that what they have tasted are far from being dry or artificial. In fact, more than 88% of the reviews are 5 stars, which, we believe, is really something!


Earning 4.5 out of 5 over 684 reviews on Yelp, Mahoroba Japanese Bakery is definitely a place worth visiting. This is pretty much the only bakery in Sacramento that sells pastries filled with Anko (Japanese sweet red bean paste). These Japanese flavor-inspired pastries are not overly sweet either, because the people of Japan believe everything in moderation is the key to health and longevity.

Regular customers have shared some of their favorites, which include Anpanman chocolate, green tea (matcha) cream delight, strawberry anko, and bread & bacon bread.


“Warm fresh cookies and ice cold milk” is Cookies & Milk motto. Who can resist a fresh and warm chocolate crinkle cookie? We’d take one in a heartbeat. A box of dozen assorted cookies is sold for just $17, which we consider a steal considering its quality, freshness, and quick delivery.

Sacramento’s Cookies & Milk offers late Thursday-Saturday delivery for your sweet tooth.


Sierra’s Sweets & Treats is all about chocolate! Chocolate cupcakes, chocolate cake pops, chocolate brownies, chocolate covered fruit, etc. You name it.

The owners of this lovely bakery work hard to make sure that your catered special occasion parties and celebrations are nothing but sweet. And their creativity is outstanding! Give them your theme and requests, and you won’t be disappointed when your order arrives.


Beautiful and delicious custom cakes are what customers usually say when they talk about Megan’s Bake Shop. There are 32 flavors for you to choose from, all of which are moist, decadent, and not overly sweetened. Almond joy, bubblegum, and red velvet are favorite among Megan’s regulars.


The next choice for our top bakeries in Sacramento has to be Rotzy’s Mad Batter. The name indicates it all: crazy, creative, egg-less, and incredibly delicious cookie dough. Customers can choose from several ready-made flavors to create their unique blend.

Rotzy’s also makes cookie dough for dogs if you fancy giving your beloved fur friends a treat. For adults who think cookie dough is for kids, think again; because their 6-pack chocolate bites are infused with adult spirits.


Estelle Bakery & Pâtisserie is a French bakery in Sacramento, using local ingredients. This is where you can buy authentic flavor macarons, rustic baguette, croixnuts, and creamy French-style pastries and sweets.

Besides pastries, Estelle also offers coffee and a lunch menu with several options of sandwich and salads on a daily basis.


Pushkin's Bakery is one of Sacramento’s strictly wheat-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free bakeries. Basically, this is heaven for those who are on an insufficient diet. Even more incredible, the texture of their menu is like the real thing, not dry, not flaky, and not artificially tampered.

There are 28 creative flavors, which we think is terrific considering not using wheat and dairy can sometimes be a challenge for bakers. Fortunately, Pushkin’s Bakery has managed to do it right, earning them 4.5 out of 5 stars on Yelp reviews.


Living up to its name, Rick’s Dessert Diner has more than 285 dessert flavors from the US and Europe that are made from scratch on a daily basis. Not only do customers love Rick’s for wonderfully delicious pastries and cakes, they also find the diner’s retro style favorable, which makes it an ideal location for friends and families to spend their weekend at.

It will probably take you a while to try all of their flavors.


Another vegan bakery spot in town with the right flavors and texture. Founded in 1995 in Sacramento, Alternative Baking Company now offers 12 vegan and 5 gluten-free cookies. The ingredients they use are of top quality: everything is organic and natural.

For those who live far away, they are selling their cookies on Amazon as well.


The owner is this bakery is a formally trained chocolatier, which basically guarantees you sophisticated and decadent flavors at the first bite. Their handcrafted chocolate, macarons, and ice cream pints are what dreams are made of! Even the chocolate drinks are good. Indulge yourself!


Opened in 1987, Freeport Bakery is voted as Sacramento’s Best Bakery. They specialize in custom and wedding cakes. There are 21 cake flavors to choose from, among which Lemon Cooler and Fudge Cake are widely favorable.

Besides cakes for special occasions, Freeport offers baked goods as well: Danish, muffins, pies and even savory options (their croissant club sandwich is what many people would order every morning, we heard).

Have you tried everything from our top 15 bakeries in Sacramento? Do tell if we’re missing something because you know, there are always hidden gems out there!

We’d love to hear your views on this…